Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Trillanes was offered an 'honorable way out' by colleagues for disrespecting the Senate

Senators JV Ejercito, Antonio Trillanes and Tito Sotto / photo from Inquirer (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On Tuesday, Senator Tito Sotto III called out Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for calling the Senate a ‘puppet’ of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. 

According to Sotto, Trillanes’ choice of words is controversial and said that an apology is the ‘honorable way out’ for disrespecting the institution.

Agreeing to the policies of the administration does not make them a ‘puppet’ and cited that Duterte never dictated any Senators or compelled them to follow policies and support his programs.

“Medyo mali siguro ‘yung mga terms na ginagamit kaya nagiging offensive kasi pag sinabi mong ‘puppet,’ ang ibig sabihin nun ang Malacañang ang nagdidikta kung ano ‘yung mangyayari. Hindi naman siguro ” Sotto said.

While another senator, JV Ejercito explained that Trillanes must apologize to the Senate as an institution not to the senators to maintain decency and maintain parliamentary ethics. 

Though Ejercito is not keen on filing an ethics complaint against the rude senator, he reiterated that once he apologized, Trillanes then should stop what he is doing.
Ejercito also added that a senator should maintain a proper decorum and behavior, following the rules of the Senate. 

“Kaya nga meron mga rules ang Senado, there are rules of the senate to maintain proper decorum, maintain proper behavior,” he said.

During Samahang Plaridel’s breakfast forum at the Manila Hotel on Monday, Trillanes said that his colleagues in the Senate were acting like ‘puppets’ of this administration.
“I can see in this Senate the senators who are cowards,” says Trillanes.

As for Trillanes, he would welcome any ethics complaint against him.